Northwestern University

Apr
9
Tue 4:15 PM

Cognitive Science Talk: Dr. Rob Goldstone

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM  

Where: Swift Hall, 107
2029 Sheridan Road  
Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public

Contact: Benjamin Apollo Dionysus   18474672035  

Group: Cognitive Science Program

Category: Academic

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Description:

Learning superficial abstractions and deep appearances

There is a troubling divergence between many of our intuitions for the benefits of learning with perceptually grounded, highly contextualized and concrete pedagogical materials and empirical results suggesting benefits for idealized, decontextualized, and formalized materials, particularly for transfer of learning to new situations. In an effort to reconcile intuitions and empirical results, a delineation can be made between several ways in which knowledge can be grounded in perception and action, and the opportunities of each for facilitating transfer. Consistent with this delineation, some positive cases of perceptually grounded yet transferable knowledge in math and science will be described. Finally, as a prelude to predicting transfer successes and failures, I will describe a computational model (SUBLIME) of the perception-action processes by which human learners discover patterns in a natural phenomenon by interacting with it or simulations of it. SUBLIME can serve as an automatic method for discovering not only simple patterns in nature, but likely misconceptions that students will generate as they look for these patterns.